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Unionist double standards over Army killers

2 August, 2004

Sinn Féin Assembly member Gerry Kelly has accused the DUP MP Gregory Campbell of breathtaking hypocrisy after he spoke out against the promotion of a British soldier who had killed one of his colleagues but continues to ignore the case of Peter McBride and others.

Mr Kelly said:

"Gregory Campbell has been campaigning against a decision by the British Army to promote William Graham after he was convicted of the manslaughter of one of his colleagues. This is the correct approach. It is outrageous that the British Army retains convicted killers within its ranks and subsequently promotes them.

"However people would take Gregory Campbell's opposition to this move a bit more seriously if he displayed some consistency on the matter. No unionist politician has come out and supported the family of Peter McBride in their campaign to remove their son's murderers from the British Army. No unionist politician spoke out when Lee Clegg was retained by the British Army and promoted.

"From Gregory Campbell's intervention in this case and his lack of action in other cases, we can only assume that he views the retention and promotion of individuals who killed unarmed catholic teenagers as acceptable, while on the other hand he clearly believes that those who kill fellow British soldiers should be treated differently. His hypocrisy is breathtaking." ENDS

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